Had another successful 'play day' with friends yesterday, where I tried painting on fusible web (vliesofix). Here's how...
- mark design on the paper side of vliesofix with a permanent marker pen, making sure your design can be cut out from the background as a whole piece
- use mainly metallic acrylic paint (student quality is fine) with a drop of acrylic colour and thinned with water
- on the glue side of vliesofix paint with a soft sponge (very carefully as the glue can come away from the paper backing)
- leave to dry really well before cutting out the design with sharp scissors
- cut carefully so that you can use both the positive and negative part of the painted fusible
- iron onto fabric and leave to cool before peeling paper off
- picked a design for the red section that didn't work (see notes above)
- I made the red paint too thick. When I tried to remove the paper I found that the design didn't want to stick to the fabric. I realised that the paint to glue ratio wasn't right and needs more glue, less paint for the design to stick.
- because it didn't stick, and after I removed all the paper, I ironed it again (using a teflon sheet). This didn't make much difference to the sticking but made the design flat and shiny rather than having a nice textured matt effect.
- The gold design worked better because I used thinner paint and could have gone even thinner I think...
When done properly it makes a great surface effect similar to foiling